Hardscape North America (HNA) registration opened July 1 with an extensive offering of education and purchasing opportunities for hardscape contractors and distributors. The HNA Conference and Trade Show will run concurrently with GIE+EXPO, the Green Industry and Equipment EXPO, October 28th – 30th. Attendees can register for over 85 educational sessions and workshops covering everything from installation certification and hands-on demonstrations to lawn and landscape management and business marketing.
HNA attendees will have access to two trade shows for the cost of one at the Kentucky Exposition Center – the HNA show, with products and materials exclusive to the hardscape industry, and GIE+EXPO, where they can visit over 750 exhibits and test the latest outdoor power equipment in action on 19 acres of outdoor demo space.
“There’s no question that combining hardscape education with landscape education and acres of equipment for contactors to try makes this year’s show an all-in-one business-building experience that should not be missed if you want to grow in the hardscape business,” states Mike Mueller, Chairman of the HNA Steering Committee and General Manager, TEKA North America.
Registration for Hardscape North America 2010 will allow attendees to build their show schedule around their particular business needs along with optional training and certification events.
Show and conference highlights include:
Special HNA/GIE+EXPO trade show admission pricing
Early bird fees starting at $35 before September 15th for contractors and distributors include admission to both shows as well as demonstrations at the HNA Outdoor Arena, mechanical paver installation demonstrations and all show networking and entertainment venues. The HNA indoor area will feature over 100 exhibitors displaying new products and equipment including pavers and segmental retaining walls (SRW), edge restraints, hardscaping tools and more. Trade show attendees will also be able to visit hundreds of other power equipment and green industry exhibitors inside and outside at GIE+EXPO as well as see new products on display at GIE+EXPO’s New Products Arena.
HNA education conference and demonstration programs
This year, HNA’s educational programs will be offered in partnership with dozens of additional sessions and seminars hosted by the Green Industry Conference (GIC) and the Professional Grounds Maintenance Society (PGMS). This extensive 3-day conference will present valuable education topics of interest to hardscape and landscape contractors and distributors who want to learn more from industry leaders about managing and growing a business in today’s challenging economic environment. Registration for a full conference package includes all HNA and GIC educational sessions each day, HNA demonstrations and HNA/GIE+EXPO trade show admission.
Optional pre-show installation certification courses: Tuesday, October 26th and Wednesday, October 27th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky.
Five optional ticketed courses will be offered including ICPI Level 1 and Level 2 Concrete Paver Installer; ICPI Permeable Pavement (PICP) Installer Technician; NCMA SRW Installer course and Certified SRW Installer (CSRWI) exam; NCMA SRW Installer Advanced course and Certified SRW Installer Advanced (CSRWI-A) exam. All course registrants will receive a student manual and admission to the HNA and GIE+EXPO tradeshows and HNA demonstrations.
Optional distributor program “Secrets of a Successful Hardscape Distributor”: Wednesday, October 27th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky.
This optional ticketed full-day program is dedicated to distributors and dealers that sell hardscape and landscape products to contractors and consumers. The program will cover topics on selecting product lines, inventory management, profit building, product display ideas, Internet marketing and tips on social media.
Optional hands-on paver and segmental retaining wall installation training: Thursday, October 28th and Friday, October 29th at the HNA Outdoor Arena in the GIE+EXPO Outdoor Demo Area.
These optional ticketed one-day courses are for hardscape installers of all levels who want to enhance their job skills through practical hands-on training.
“Louisville is the perfect host city for an event of this size,” comments Warren Sellers, GIE+EXPO and HNA Show Director. “With over 18,000 attendees expected, there are a variety of very accommodating hotels offering reduced rates for attendees. Plus Louisville’s dining and entertainment options are exceptional, especially 4th Street Live, where we will have two nights of free concerts for all conference and show attendees and exhibitors.”
To register online for the HNA Pre-Conference Courses, HNA/GIC Education Conferences, the Distributor Program and the HNA/GIE+EXPO Tradeshows visit www.HardscapeNA.com